Symposium: Media, publics and the past

What stories can media archives and artefacts tell us, and how can we make use of them? Historians, producers and curators discuss alternative histories of the press, photography, music, advertising and television.

Art Symposium previously on at Powerhouse Museum in New South Wales, Australia.
From Monday 20 February 2017 to Monday 20 February 2017

Symposium: Media, publics and the past image

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This session will introduce you to some surprising and unique collections and resources and reveal the hidden histories of ordinary objects such as the VCR and the Walkman. Presenters will reflect on how their projects address gaps in the record and explore the ways that items such as diaries and personal papers can make connections between the private and the public. You’ll hear about the questions that these media histories pose for examinations of the past in the digital world, and get a chance to discuss your own media and history projects.

1.30 – 2.15 pm – Session 1 Keynote
2.15 – 3.30 pm – Panel 1: Inside media archives and organisations
3.30 – 4.00 pm – Break
4.00 – 5.00 pm – Panel 2: Alternative histories of media
5.00 – 5.30 pm – Final session: The Great Strike film: piecing together the archive trail from 1917
5.30 pm – Networking/drinks at nearby pub

Panel 1: Inside media archives and organisations
Chris Arneil, Curatorial Officer, Radio, NFSA Making Waves: Curating Gaywaves at the National Film and Sound Archive
Campbell Bickerstaff, Curator, MAAS Media Technologies and Sound Histories
Associate Professor Robert Crawford, School of Communication; Co-Director, Australian Centre for Public History, UTS Reimagining Sydney’s Streetscapes: The Rousel Studios archives
Genevieve Dashwood, PhD Candidate, History, UNSW More Prints of Good Pix: Australian News and Information Bureau Photo-Stories on International Students in the 1950s and 1960s

Panel 2: Alternative media histories
Mike Nugent, PhD Candidate, Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University Video Cassette Revolution: How home video changed entertainment
Cathy Perkins, State Library of NSW & University of Sydney Nothing is Wasted: Zora Cross and the literary community of the Australian Woman’s Mirror
Dr Rebecca Sheehan, Lecturer in Sociology of Gender, Macquarie University “Welcome to the Pleasuredome”: Sex, Vinyl, and Identity Awakenings in the 1980s

Final session: The Great Strike film – piecing together the archive trail from 1917
Laila Ellmoos, Historian, City of Sydney

Keynote: Deb Masters, Executive Producer, Australian Story, ABC Television